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New NIFI Issues Guides: Climate Change and Human Trafficking

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Check out the following two new Issues Guides from our friends at The Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute:

climate choices forumThis new issue guide titled Climate Change: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?  from the Kettering Foundation and the North American Association for Environment Education is available free download. The Environment and Society Series is designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation, convened locally and online, about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities.

All around is evidence that the climate is changing. Summers are starting earlier and lasting longer. Heat waves are becoming more frequent and intense. Dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are seeing heavier rains. Record cold and snowfalls blanket some parts of the country, while record fires ravage forests across the West.

Climate disruptions have some people worried about their health, their children, their homes, their livelihoods, their communities, and even their personal safety. They wonder about the future of the natural areas they enjoy and the wild animals and plants that live there. In addition, there are growing concerns about our national security and how climate change might affect scarce resources around the planet and increase global tensions.

Other links:

  • Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet? – Post-forum Questionnaire
  • Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet? – Options Chart

human trafficking forum.jpgThis 8-page issue guide, titled Human Trafficking: How Can Our Community Respond to This Growing Problem? and compiled by the Maricopa Community College (a TDC campus) with guidance from Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, Director of the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research in Arizona State University is available as a free download and a video overview is available to watch online. The guide presents three possible approaches for consideration:

  • Approach 1: Focus on Families’ and the Community’s Roles;
  • Approach 2: Focus on Schools, First Responders and Other Professionals;
  • Approach 3: Reform Laws and Policies.

Many Americans are unaware of the extent to which human trafficking is an issue in their communities. Others may be aware of some aspects of the problem, but may feel powerless to do anything about it. But as law enforcement and others document a growing industry in human trafficking across the country, what can and should our community do to combat the problem?

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